Githio – The imposing capital of Laconian Mani

The story of Gythio (or Githeio/Γύθειο) in Peloponnese (Greece) begins with a love story. According to the legend, on the small island of Cranae (or Kranai/Κρανάη), Paris and Helen spent their first night before fleeing to Troy. This island, known today as Marathonisi (Μαραθονήσι), is the ancient settlement of Gythio. The city was an important…

Psaromachalas – A walk in the oldest neighbourhood of Nafplio

[Μπορείτε να διαβάσετε εδώ την ελληνική έκδοση του άρθρου μας] The soul of Nafplio has lived here for years now, intact and pure. Theodoros Kostouros (1913-1986) Nafplio (Ναύπλιο) is a historic and beautiful city, and capital of the Prefecture of Argolida (Αργολίδα). From references to Greek Mythology to modern history, Nafplio played a leading role…

Limeni – The historic harbour with the emerald waters

Limeni (Λιμένι) in Mani (Μάνη), in the south Peloponnese, is one of those magical places that if you visit it once it is certain that you will never forget it. It is a small settlement and harbour, with a long and important history that leaves its visitors speechless with its unique wild beauty and the…

Visit the palace of a Homeric king in Pylos

#uniquedestinations Nestor’s Palace (Ανάκτορο Νέστορος) is a central mansion of the Late Greek Age, surrounded by a fortified enclosure and is considered by archaeologists to be related to the heroic King Nestor, who played a key role in the Trojan War. It was an impressive building that included storage rooms, laboratories, baths, skylights, reception areas,…

Pavlopetri and Ancient Asopos : The sunken cities of Lakonia

#uniquedestinations Laconia (Λακωνία) is an area of Peloponnesos/Peloponnese with many popular destinations, wonderful beaches, unique archeological sites, Byzantine churches, picturesque villages and much more. However, few know that in Laconia there are two of the most important sunken ancient cities in Greece and probably in Europe. Both are easily accessible and the visitor could admire…

Apaggio – The secret beach of Cavo Maleas

On the far edge of Lakonia (in Peloponnesos or Peloponnese) near the coastal town of Neapoli, at the unexplored Cavo Maleas (aka Cape Maleas or Cavo Malias) (Κάβο Μαλέας ή Μαλιάς), you will find one of the last unspoiled and secret beaches of Southern Greece. Cavo Maleas separates the Laconian Gulf in the west from the…

The amazing craters of Didyma

#uniquedestinations Didyma (Δίδυμα) is a historic village in the prefecture of Argolida in Greece. Until World War II, the village was called Didymoi (Δίδυμοι), which means twins in Greek. The origin of the name is explained in two ways, first that it came from Mount Didymos or that it was adopted by the Twin Caves…

4 easy “unknown” excursions from Nafplio

Nafplio is a historic coastal town in Peloponnesos/Peloponnese and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. The town itself has many to offer but in this article, we suggest four interesting destinations, not far from Nafplio,  which are relatively “unknown” and they worth to be discovered. Pyramid of Hellinikon is a pyramid-like structure (of total dimensions 7.00…

Kyparissi : The unknown “island”of Peloponnese

Kyparissi is a small village in Lakonia, squashed between the slopes of Mountain Parnonas and the shores of the Myrtoan Sea. It has a character and an architectural style quite different from other seaside villages of Peloponnese. Until the 1970s there was no motorway leading to the village and the main way of communicating with the…